FC 45252 Storytelling
Produced by Jean Luc Ponty
Released on August 1989
US TOP CONTEMPORARY JAZZ POSITION #4
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I ím a collector. If I like an artist, Iíll buy their body of work limb by limb. Not that Iím prepared to pay an arm and a leg for an album like Storytelling, but if I find it in a used record store for a few bucks, itís going back to the lab with me. However, itís a reflexive act more than premeditated self-medication. Somewhere in the mental associations of my mind is Folder P for Ponty with a little smiley face on it and a hand-written note that reads ďprogressive rock.Ē It dates back to Mystical Adventures mostly, the first Ponty album I ever owned. The same thing occurs with Chick Corea, having first purchased Romantic Warrior, and Iíve got a few latter-day lurchers to thank for that knee jerk. The old associations donít die, they just grow dimmer with every album of smooth fusion that drifts further from the fantastic world of progressive rock. Now Ponty was never a progressive alchemist so much as a jazz musician who saw electronics as a path to progress. A mystical and adventurous notion in the Ď70s, not so much at the close of the Ď80s. His plugged-in period sounds alike to me: part geometry, part kaleidoscope, all of it advancing the notion that the electronic violin is a viable vehicle for modern jazz. In album-size doses, his music is a refreshing island of intellectual escape. However, each of the islands offers the same basic fare; if Rabbitson Crusoe taught us nothing else, itís that no menu is an island. Me, Iíve heard this story too many times to be captivated anew by it, but (apparently) not everyone has a saturation point for Ponty.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IN THE FAST LANE    4:09
  2. TENDER MEMORIES    5:20
  3. SPRING EPISODE    5:51
  4. PASTORAL HARMONY    4:20
  5. THE STORY TELLER    4:24
  6. THE AMAZON FOREST    4:25
  7. AFTER THE STORM    4:20
  8. A JOURNEY'S END    4:19
  9. CHOPIN PRELUDE NO. 20 (WITH VIOLIN IMPROVISATION)    (Frederic Chopin, arr. by Jean Luc Ponty)    2:59

    All music composed and orchestrated by Jean Luc Ponty unless noted

CREDITS

JEAN LUC PONTY -- 5-string violin, Synclavier II, violin synthesizer, classical violin, keyboards
BARON BROWNE -- bass
JAMIE GLASER -- guitars
RAYFORD GRIFFIN -- drums and percussion
WALLY MINKO -- piano, keyboards
Clara Ponty -- piano (9)
Patrice Rushen -- synthesizers (2,7)
Grover Washington Jr. -- soprano saxophone (2)
Kurt Wortman -- percussion (6)
Brian Malouf -- tracking engineer
Peter Kelsey -- overdub engineer
Jeff Poe -- assitant tracking and mixing engineer
John Anthony & Eric Zobler -- additional recording engineers
Nancy McDonald/David Coleman -- art direction
Michele Clement -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US August 1989 Columbia LP/CD/CS FC/CK/FCT 45252  

 

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